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patronize

verb [T] (ACT SUPERIOR) disapproving (UK usually patronise)     /ˈpæt.rən.aɪz/ US  /ˈpeɪ.trən-/ /ˈpæt.rən-/
to speak to or behave towards someone as if they are stupid or not important: Stop patronizing me - I understand the play as well as you do.Showing arrogance and conceitConfidence and self-assuranceBoasting
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